This book uses film and television as a resource for addressing the social and legal ills of the city. It presents a range of approaches to view the ill city through cinematic and televisual characterization in urban frameworks, political contexts, and cultural settings. Each chapter deconstructs the meaning of urban space as public space while critically generating a focus on order and justice, exploring issues such as state disorder, lawlessness, and revenge. The approach presents a careful balance between theory and application. The original and novel ideas presented in this book will be essential reading for those interested in the presentation of law and place in cultural texts such as film.
One can imagine cities in a great many ways. One of those is to imagine them, as has been done in academia as well as in popular culture, as living organisms. But if cities are organisms, or bodies, they can of course be 'healthy' or 'ill', and questions then arise as to who, or what, in city life, constitutes 'healthy' sustenance, and who, or what is the viral agent of sickness. Or who, or what, constitutes the cure? Which is the Law, and Order, of urban sickness? Which is the Law, and Order, of urban health? And who, or what, decides all this? And what is the role of the visual, or the eye, in such decisions? The editors of and contributors to this volume have been exploring and illustrating these and related questions in a marvelous series of studies of how 'the urban', with all its woes and hopes, all its 'sickness' and 'health', all its law and order, is depicted in film and cinema. This volume is a significant contribution to the 'law and film' literature and should be on the bookshelf of students and scholars in fields such as film studies, legal semiotics, and visual culture.
Professor of Criminology
Keele University, UK
Editorial Chapter. Imagining Law, Justice and Order in Ill Cities – Anne WAGNER (Centre de Recherche Droits & Perspectives du Droit - EA n°4487, France) & Le CHENG (Zhejiang University, China)
Part I. Imagining Ill Cities, their treatments under various movie scenarios
Chapter 1. The Dark Side of Cleanliness and Order: Visual Renderings of Oppression in Dystopian Science Fiction Cinema - Raffaella BACCOLINI & Ira TORRESI (University of Bologna at Forli – Italy)
Chapter 2. ‘Wanna Fight’: Utopia-Dystopia in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Recent Cinema -
Mark FEATHERSTONE (Keele University, UK)
Chapter 3. The Dysfunctional Town and the Social Contract: Figures of Violence in the Liberal Legal Imaginary - Honni VAN RIJSWIJK (School Of law, UTS, Australia)
Chapter 4. Cities that Degrade: Ken Loach on Social Ills - Aleksandra DJURASOVIC and Milan DJURASOVIC (Independent researchers)
Chapter 5. Cities as Ill bodies? Cure them with a commons oriented approach – Dario Henri HAUX (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
Part II. Visualizing the forms of ill cities
Chapter 6. The City Armed to the Teeth: Bending the law in the Italian crime Movies tradition - Guglielmo SINISCALCHI (University of Bari – Italy)
Chapter 7. Ill Cities in their perfect ‘form’: a re-reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini - Daniele D’ALVIA (Birkbeck University of London, UK)
Chapter 8. The City as Ill Body: Visual Representations of Urban Landscapes in the Global South - John HURSH (Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College, USA)
Chapter 9. Bodies, Monuments, and Spaces in Between: Encountering spatialities in a film by Jonathan Perel - Silvina ALONSO-GROSSO (Birkbeck, University of London / IJURR Fellow)
This series encourages innovative and integrated perspectives within and across the boundaries of law, language and communication, with particular emphasis on issues of communication in specialized socio-legal and professional contexts. It seeks to bring together a range of diverse yet cumulative research traditions related to these fields in order to identify and encourage interdisciplinary research. The series welcomes proposals - both edited collections as well as single authored monographs - emphasizing critical approaches to law, language and communication, identifying and discussing issues, proposing solutions to problems, offering analyses in areas such as legal construction, interpretation, translation and de-codification.
Anne Wagner is Professor of Legal Semiotics and Research Professor at Centre de Recherche Droits & Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue, Lille University, France. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer) and President of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law. She has been awarded the National Research Grant for her research career. Her main research interests include semiotics, verbal and non-verbal sign system analyses, language and law, legal culture and heritage, legal translation, legal terminology, and legal discourse studies.
Vijay K. Bhatia, formerly Professor of English, City University of Hong Kong, is now Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Professor at the Hellenic American University, Athens (Greece). He is also the founding President of the Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Association for Asia-Pacific. His research interests include Critical Genre Analysis, academic and professional discourses in legal, business, newspaper, and promotional contexts; ESP and Professional Communication; simplification of legal and other public documents; intercultural and cross-disciplinary variations in professional genres.